ENG100H1 Lecture Notes - England In The Middle Ages

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Monday March 8, 2010
Shakespeare Lecture
In Shakespeare dictionary, find 2 words that have interested you...and go to External Links &
Resources (Shakespeare Searched) and look them up. Does the term throughout the play, mean
the same thing or does it start to change throughout the play?
Which character is the one who says the word the most?
End of Henry V (set in Medieval England)
Henry later calls ceremony a wrench
*The battle – what rhetorical strategies did he use to motivate his men (not the governor)?
Act 3.4
Issues of lineage (the past) – they must prove their place in the present by honouring the
past
Call up the animal nature (imitate the actions of a tiger)
Act the part – fake it till u make it
Doing this for England (proto-nationalism/loyalty to kingdom)
Reorganization of social rank (their actions can demonstrate their rank, instead of their
birth)
“Be a man!” - So a guy who doesn't rouse up to battle has just been disowned by his
family, he becomes a liar to his mother.
St Crispen's Day Speech (Act 4.3: 18)
Foul papers: Dot jot notes on how Henry works on the imagination of his men to rouse them
to this battle? What rhetorical strategies does he use in THIS situation.
Refers to his men as cousins
Those who support him will be his brothers
So those who are scared or have “no stomach to this battle may depart”
Speaks of those who live to remember St. Crispen's Day and celebrate (so there's pride
and glory attached to being a part of the battle)
the fact that they will live sort of guarantees that they will win
he leaps from the battle to a future time which he doesn't due in the first battle.
He has them looking forward to a time when they will be remembered, and they will
remember this battle and being heroes.
“A band of brothers”
Use of the word happy means “fortunate” and there's this divine intervention involved
in this union of men.
In this speech he doesn't even tell them how to fight the battle, he just provides the
fantasy of living past the battle; he promises them survival.
He's making it rhetorically impossible to depart and not fight in the battle because the
ones who do this are cowards, and are less of a man.
All of 3.4 is a theme – the conquest of kingdom is like linguistic conquest for women.
Catherine must learn the king's English. The last act is also a lesson about language.
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